Sunday, November 5, 2006

Thanksgiving Unit Study Newsletter from Amanda Bennett

Amanda Bennett's Unit Study News

November 2006

Amanda's Corner

Hello again! Wish you could join me here at the kitchen table, looking out over the Appalachians as the leaves change color and share the spectacular view. I love this season of thanksgiving, and look forward to a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends.


With the busy holiday season almost here, I am trying to plan a bit of thanksgiving into our Thanksgiving schedule. The evening before Thanksgiving, we will be celebrating, naming and giving thanks for our many blessings -- birthdays, recognizing the passing of loved ones and friends, college degrees obtained, goals achieved, and all kinds of other blessings that have occurred in the past year.


With a crowd of more than 30 people passing through here in the next few weeks, it is easy to overlook the actual giving of thanks for our blessings. While Thanksgiving Day is very special here, it is BUSY and fun in a never-a-dull-moment kind of way. By taking the time the night before, we can all sit around the fire as we work on our traditional jigsaw puzzles on card tables, and name and give thanks for special blessings. The pace is quieter and more reflective, and the evening feeling deepens as we reflect and remember together.


A new idea to try this while counting and giving thanks for the year’s blessings -- using the clear glass ornaments that are available in craft and department stores along with glass paints, have everyone decorate their own ornament with their favorite blessing of this past year - in words or pictures or symbols. What a fun reminder - make sure they put their name and the year on the bottom of the ornament. For those guests that will be going home after the holiday, they can take their ornaments home to use with their own Christmas decorations, and remember the fun that they had over the Thanksgiving 2006 holiday.


Happy Thanksgiving!





Unit Study Specials


1.         American Government Unit Study 

From now through Tuesday, November 7, 2006 – the American Government Unit Study CD is on sale for only $10.95 + $2.00 shipping. The CD will also include the bonus American Government Notebook Pages as part of the Election Special. Act soon – the sale ends at midnight of Election Day! Here’s the link:

American Government Unit Study


2.         Christmas Unit Study  

From now through Thursday, November 9, 2006 – the Christmas Unit Study CD is on sale for $10.95 + $2.00 shipping. The CD will also include the bonus Christmas Notebook Pages as part of this Holiday Special. Act soon – the sale ends at midnight, November 9th! Here’s the link:

Christmas Unit Study



Holiday Bonus – all orders placed that are over $70 will receive free shipping AND the Easter Unit Study CD and Easter Notebook Pages as a special bonus. You don’t need any special codes or links. Just place your order, and your bonus will be automatically included in the package.  This special will last through the end of November 2006.



Amanda’s Picks for the Holidays


With the holiday unit studies, you already have lists of some of my favorite holiday book choices – many of which will be found in our book basket by the fireplace this time of year. However, I am often asked about my favorite holiday music choices, as many of you know that I love holiday music. Here are a few favorites – I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do, and that they bring peace and joy and quiet moments of thanksgiving to these very special times with our families.


Christmas Solitude, by Steve Sensenig, Worship Keys. This is one of my favorites for bringing peace to a busy time of our lives. Steve is a gifted pianist and his music and devotionals will touch your heart and add special meaning to this holiday. Visit the website to see and hear his work, and order the CD for a feast for your soul! I also highly recommend his worship CDs – “To Worship You” and “Tis’ So Sweet” – as said so well on the website, “Intimately played in a free-flowing, uninterrupted fashion, you will find a refreshing hour of personal worship awaits you every time you listen.”


Christmas Offerings, from Third Day. I am listening to this CD right now, sipping coffee and writing this newsletter, and loving every minute of it! The songs will touch your heart and you will find yourself singing along and remembering the words for a long time after the music ends. My favorite song has to be “Jesus – Light of the World. ”Follow the Grammy Award-winning worship band back to the manger---and lift your heart in Christmas praise! Includes live versions of "Away in a Manger," "Silent Night," and "The First Noel"; plus "Joy to the World," "O Holy Night," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and more.”


Christmas Singalong, for children from Word Entertainment. This is the CD to take for car travel on errands and field trips. The songs are joyful, and the children’s choir makes everyone in the car want to join in – enjoy!


The Incredible Singing Christmas Tree, from the Veggie Tales. For those of you with Veggie Tale fans, this CD is fun and definitely keeps the children involved in the songs!


Thanksgiving Links:

Pine Cone Turkey


Pine Cone Turkey


Thanksgiving Coloring Pages


Thanksgiving Craft Ideas




Maple-Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes


Pumpkin Cake with Ginger Frosting


Ginger Frosting


Kids Grow Corn


Hands and Feet Turkey Craft


Make Graham Cracker Turkeys


Stuffed Turkey Table Decoration


Brown Sugar Cut Out Cookies



Christmas Links:


Get Ready for Christmas Crafts


Cookies in a Jar


Hot Chocolate in a Jar


Family Fun: Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas


Jar Mix and Gift Recipes


Gifts In A Jar Index: Easy Holiday Gift Ideas And Recipes


A Homemade Christmas


How to Make a Bandana Quilt



Happy Thanksgiving from

Our home to your home!





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